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Professor Michael Quinlan

B.Ec (Hons), PhD (University of Sydney)

Elected: 2015

Discipline: Management

Specialisation: Industrial relations, occupational health and safety, history


Michael Quinlan is Professor of Industrial Relations in the School of Management and Director of the Industrial Research Centre at the University of New South Wales and also holds a fractional professorial post at the Business School Middlesex University, London.

Professor Quinlan specialises in occupational health and safety and industrial relations history.

Key appointments in the last ten years: Beaconsfield mine fatality investigation; co-author with Hon Lance Wright of federal trucking pay safety review; member of the NZ government  Post Pike River disaster Expert Reference Group & member of the New Zealand Extractive Industries Advisory Group.


Professor, School of Management University of NSW (since 1994)

Honorary Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney (since 2009)

Professor, Business School, Middlesex University, London.


Fellow, Safety Institute of Australia


Quinlan, M. (2017) The Origins of Worker Mobilisation – Australia 1788-1850, Routledge

Matthews, L. Quinlan, M. Fitzpatrick, S. Bohle, P. & Ngo, M. (2016) Bereaved Families and the Coronial Response to Traumatic Workplace Fatalities: Organizational Perspectives, Death Studies, 40(3):191-200.

Gregson, S. Quinlan, M. & Hampson, I. (2016) Professionalism or Inter-Union Solidarity? Organising Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, 1955–75, Labour History No.110:35-56.

Hampson, I. Junor, A. Fraser, D. & Quinlan, M. (2016) The uncertain oversight of offshore aircraft maintenance, Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 81(2): 225-250.

Walters, D. Quinlan, M. Johnstone, R. & Wadsworth, E. (2016), Cooperation or resistance? Representing workers’ health and safety in a hazardous industry, Industrial Relations Journal 47:4, 379–395

Walters, D. Johnston, R. Quinlan, M. & Wadsworth, E. (2016) Safeguarding Workers: A Study of Health and Safety Representatives in the Queensland Coalmining Industry, 1990-2013, Relations Industrielles, 71-3, 418-441

Quinlan, M. Gregson, S. Hampson, I. Junor, A. & Carney, T. (2016), Supply Chains and the Manufacture of Precarious Work: The Safety Implications of Outsourcing/Offshoring Heavy Aircraft Maintenance E-Journal of International and Comparative Labour Studies, 5(3)

Walters, D. Quinlan, M. Johnstone R. & Wadsworth, E. (2017) Representing miners in arrangements for health and safety in coalmines: A study of current practice, Economic and Industrial Democracy,

Bohle, P. Knox, A. Noone, J. Mc Namara, M. Rafalski, J. Quinlan, M. (2017) “Work organisation, bullying and intention to leave in the hospitality industry”, Employee Relations, Vol. 39 Issue: 4, pp.446-458, doi: 10.1108/ER-07-2016-0149

I Hampson, D Fraser, M Quinlan, A Junor, S Gregson (2015) The Future of Aircraft Maintenance in Australia: Workforce Capability, Aviation Safety and Industry Development.

Quinlan, M. (2014) Ten Pathways to Death and Disaster: Learning from Fatal Incidents in Mines and Other High Hazard Workplaces, Federation Press, Sydney

Walters, D. Johnstone, R. Frick, K. Quinlan, M. Gringras, G. & Thebaud-Mony, A. (2011) Regulating Work Risks: A comparative study of Inspection Regimes in Times of Change, Edward Elgar Cheltenham, UK

Quinlan, M. Hampson, I. Gregson, S. (2013) Outsourcing and offshoring aircraft maintenance in the US: Implications for safety, Safety Science, 57:283-292.

Quinlan, M. (2013), Precarious and Hazardous work: The health and safety of merchant seamen 1815-1935, Social History 38(3):281-307

Quinlan, M., Fitzpatrick, S. J., Matthews, L. R., Ngo, M., & Bohle, P. (2015) Administering the cost of death: Organisational perspectives on workers’ compensation and common law claims following traumatic death at work in Australia. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. 38:8-17.


Website: https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/our-people/michaelquinlan#horizontalTab2
Email: m.quinlan [at] unsw.edu.au

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